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The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, Nanjing

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Commemorating over 300,000 deaths during the 1937 Japanese capture of the then Chinese capital, The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre stands on a former execution and mass burial site. Two marble walls with names of 300,000 victims, halls with photographs of executions, and documents detailing the capture of Nanjing tell the gruesome story of the Japanese Imperial Army's occupation of China. Enter a coffin-shaped display hall to see a mass burial site excavated with numerous bones of victims, and visit a reconstruction of a house ransacked by soldiers. Solemn bronze sculptures and grey stone architecture punctuate gardens with pine and cypress trees. Walk around the 28,000 sq m (302,400 sq ft) grounds, and ring the large bronze bell for peace. Using our world travel planner, Nanjing attractions like The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This Memorial is a moving place, a reminder of man's inhumanity in times of war. Any person would be moved by the images, the excavated remains, and the inspiration of those who survived it, and the g...  more »
  • From the Nanjing south train station it was a 45 minute metro trip with one change. The site was sobering and moving. I had read The Rape of Nanking and that background helped understand all that I wa...  more »
  • Memorial to highlight how bad we humans can be at times to each other....not the happiest place to enjoy a visit, but local Chinese explanation as to why they visit so much is understandable.  more »
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  • Amazing memorial and museum! Very well designed and her informative. It was an emotional experience. The exhibit, however, is very long - takes 2-3 hours to get through it all!
  • Well preserved history in this place of massacre by invading army. Descriptive and graphical illustration makes it easy to understand the barbaric nature of atrocities by invaders. Usually crowded because lot of people come here to pay homage to deceased ones.
  • Beautiful museum, but bring a hanky. Very sad. It includes history of atrocities from around the world at that time.
  • To be brutally honest, I didn't even know this happened. But even for me it was a quite impressive place to witness.
  • A place Chinese memorising their massacre victims during world war 2. I saw little boys and girls were brought to the place by the teachers. It is really important to teach the young the cruelty of the war. And never make the same mistake in the future.